23/Apr/2014 - Last News Update: 12:01

Funeral for Hayley Holmes found drown in New Brighton

Category: England

Published: 9th Sep 2011 07:30:31

The funeral of a teenage girl who was found drowned on a Wirral beach is due to take place later.

The body of Hayley Holmes, 17, was discovered on New Brighton beach on 29 August. Her 21-year-old boyfriend, Robbie Crofts, remains missing.

Police found a pair of women's sandals and a pair of men's trainers near where Hayley's body was found, along with a mobile phone.

The funeral will be held at Landican Cemetery and Crematorium in Woodchurch.

Hayley's mother and father, Lisa and Mike Holmes, and her younger sister Keely described the Birkenhead teenager as their "bright shining star" who "brought joy and laughter to everyone that was lucky enough to have known her".

Last week, her friends and family gathered on New Brighton beach, close to the spot where she was found, to release balloons and lanterns in her memory.

Mr Crofts, who has a two-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, had spent the 28 August with Hayley at Liverpool's Mathew Street festival.

The North West Underwater Search and Marine Unit, the Coastguard and North West Air Operations Unit have been searching for him.

Police have also been monitoring his bank and mobile phone accounts and checking CCTV in the area.

Mr Crofts' mother, Ellen Ann Crofts, said last week she refused to believe her son, from New Brighton, was dead.

BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2011. Funeral for Hayley Holmes found drown in New Brighton [Online] (Updated 9th Sep 2011)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/184435/Funeral-for-Hayley-Holmes-found-drown-in-New-Brighton [Accessed 23rd Apr 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Ty Hafan hospice care boss cleared of misconduct

    The director of care at a children's hospice has been cleared of professional misconduct over the way she dealt with a dying teenager.
  • Leicester City: Nigel Pearson wants club record points total

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson wants his squad to mark their Championship title win by setting a new club record points total.
  • Sectarian gang damages car in Fountain area of Derry

    A gang of up to eight men have damaged a car in Londonderry in what police have called a "sectarian hate crime".
  • Jamaica Inn: Complaints mount over sound

    The number of viewer complaints over the audibility of BBC One drama Jamaica Inn has escalated, with the second episode seeing a decline in ratings.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
  • New York Police Twitter initiative backfires

    A New York police public relations exercise in which members of the public were asked to share photos of themselves positively interacting with police officers has backfired.